Monday, October 25, 2010

My New Buddy

Hubby was so sweet to get me this a few weeks ago...

It's a mini version of the Sony Ericsson Xperia X10 touch-screen phone. The reviews on the internet for this model is quite good and I love that it is only slightly larger than a credit card and hardly takes up much space in my very cluttered handbag (a mom always carries everything in her handbag...including safety pins, plasters, Panadol/Actal, sewing kit, nail-clipper, measuring tape...just in case someone needs them).

It runs on Android which means that I have access to a very large variety of free downloads - wallpapers, ringtones, games and apps. And I have discovered the convenience of...WiFi! Now I can just find a place with free WiFi, order a drink or dessert, and surf to my heart's content while waiting for my kids to finish their  classes....instead of sitting in the car deleting old SMSes or photos from my phone like what I used to do while waiting.

The only thing that needed a little getting used to is the virtual keypad. It takes me such a long time to type a simple SMS because I keep tapping the wrong keys depending on the angle my finger comes into contact with the screen. Like what my older brother said when he first got his I Pad and tried to type, "The back key is the one most often used"...!

Like all phones, the X10 mini has its not being able to pair with another device using bluetooth unless the other device runs on Android too, not being able to 'send contact' and that you need a very steady hand to capture clear photos but with a little bit of research on the internet someone always has a solution.

And to think that all I wanted from a phone is to be able to make/receive calls, send/receive SMSes and take good photos...I now have a virtual piano, a guitar tuner, loads of lovely wallpapers, a very funny ringtone, some cool games and even a Bible in my phone...the many functions on this little cutey has far exceeded my expectations (big grins).

Monday, October 11, 2010

Say What?!

Hubby's phone had started giving problems, it would frequently 'hang' in the middle of an application and he would have to restart his phone, so I said that perhaps he should trade it in for a new phone before it totally broke down.

Touch screen phones are all the rage these days, so hubby traded in his old HTC for a new touch-screen one...nice!
As with all new phones, it takes quite a bit of getting used to, and one day hubby was typing an SMS to a sick colleague and he wanted to type 'take care' but somehow the spellcheck function turned it into 'take crap'! Thankfully he checked his SMS before tapping SEND! I'm quite sure the person receiving the SMS would really be offended...imagine being sick and receiving a 'take crap' message...haha!

It shows that we can't be 100% dependent on modern technology and devices. Calling someone to convey a message is always better than a long SMS, though I admit I do use SMS more than making calls because of the convenience...sometimes the other person may not be free to talk when I call. But having said all that, I still believe that the human touch always makes a difference ;)

Friday, October 8, 2010

Facebook Lingo In Everyday Life

Facebook has become so much a part of our daily life. I check my Facebook news feed every day and it's nice to be able to keep in touch with friends, especially those who are in another state or living in another country, and see from their photos how big my friend's kids have grown or what my friends have been up to lately.

We moms also get to know a lot about our own kids and their friends from FB...just add their friends into our Friends list! I have had a few of CoolTeen's friends requesting to be added as a friend, strange but true.

Have you ever wondered how life would be if Facebook became a reality? I don't think many of us do, but someone sure did and came up with this video clip...

Wednesday, October 6, 2010

It's Been 22 Years

Our church celebrated her 22nd anniversary yesterday with a colourful flag dance by the children and a short drama by the youths. It's been 22 years and I have been a part of this church from the very beginning, when I had just finished my studies. It has been my privilege to serve in the music department as well as put up stage presentations on special occasions like Easter, Mother's Day, Father's Day, our church anniversary and of course, Christmas.

Hubby faithfully helps me record all the presentations with his trusty videocam and I have quite a collection of them by now. It's such a joy to see ideas that play in my head become a reality on the stage. The few minutes before 'showtime' is always the nail-biting moments because things could always go wrong, but by the grace of God everything always falls into place...because all this is done for His honour and glory. God is good.